Eighteen Visions Calls It Quits
April 10, 2007
Orange County, California band Eighteen Visions has called it quits. Formed in 1996, the group released several albums on Trustkill Records before jumping to the Epic label in 2004. Bassist Mick Morris sent out the following MySpace bulletin earlier today:
"After several years of touring and quite a few album releases we have decided that it is time to go our seperate ways. We have been a band for a very long time and feel good about everything we were able to accomplish. At this point in our lives and our careers we feel its time to move on to something fresh and new. Weither it be music, touring or just being at home to live and enjoy life. We would like to thank all of our fans, friends and families for all of the great support over the years. We would also like to thank all of the bands we have shared the stage with and everyone who has ever worked with the band, opened a door or reached out a hand. We will be playing our final two shows in April. One in San Diego and one in Orange County. Come rock with us one more time."
Eighteen Visions released its self-titled album last July via Epic. The follow-up to 2004's 'Obsession' was recorded with producer Machine (Lamb Of God).
Vote With A Bullet
October 11, 2006
Bullet For My Valentine
are poised to win Yahoo! Music's
?" promotion, and they need your help! Vote for them while checking out their video for "Tears Don't Fall
" and the song "All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)
". If the band wins they will be able to film an appearance at Yahoo!
and you'll be able to check that out. So get voting
Bullet For My Valentine
are curently touring the U.S. supporting Iron Maiden
. They will follow that up with tours alongside Eighteen Visions
, Bullets And Octane
, and more.
The band will also be doing a headlining tour in the UK this November with support coming from As I Lay Dying
and Bleeding Through
Walls Of Jericho, Bleeding Throuh, and Eighteen Visions
September 30, 2006
This weekend, Headbangers Ball (MTV2)
will premiere the video for "A Trigger Full Of Promises
" by Walls Of Jericho
, as well as brand new videos from Bleeding Through
(Love In Slow Motion
) and Eighteen Visions
In related news, Walls Of Jericho
are gearing up for their Canadian tour with Bleeding Through
. Dates kick off next week in Quebec City. The band then hits Brazil, then the UK, and then Europe on the Persistence Tour
with Sick Of It All
, Comeback Kid
and more. You can also check out WOJ
on the 'Headbangers Ball: The Revenge'
CD, in stores now.
are finishing up the "Sanctity of Brothers
" tour with Unearth
, and are gearing up for their headline run of Canada. The tour is dubbed the "Tragedy Of Streets
" Tour and features support from Walls Of Jericho
and August Burns Red
. The band will be announcing a HUGE fall tour for the U.S., and will be hitting Europe and everywhere else soon as well.
are currently on the road with Bullet For My Valentine
. The band will hook up with Lost Prophets
next week, and immediately following that, the band will team up with Hinder
for another few weeks. To enter for a chance to win an 18V autographed Fernandez guitar, click here
'Saw III' Soundtrack Tentative Track Listing
September 16, 2006
Warcon Enterprises has set an October 24 release date for the "Saw III" soundtrack. The tentative list of tracks that are set to appear on the effort is as follows:
Slayer - "Eyes Of The Insane" (exclusive remix)
Eighteen Visions - "Victim"
Mastodon - "The Wolf Is Loose"
Lamb Of God - "Walk With Me In Hell"
Helmet - "Monochrome"
All That Remains - "This Calling"
Dragonforce - "Fury Of The Storm"
Charlie Clouser - "Score Suite" (exclusive
As I Lay Dying - "Empty Hearts"
Every Time I Die - "Guitared & Feathered"
Hydrovibe - "Killer Inside"
Blue October - "Drilled A Wire Through My Cheek"
Opiate For The Masses - "Naked" (unreleased track)
Dry Kill Logic - "My Dying Heart" (unreleased track)
Other artists, including The Smashup and Korn, are also expected to appear on the CD. Helmet's track "Monochrome" will serve as the lead single from the CD, accompanied by a video featuring a "Saw"-styled narrative.
As previously reported, Helmet, The Smashup and Hydrovibe will perform at a show on October 19 at Webster Hall in New York City to promote the upcoming horror film. Special guests from the "Saw" franchise will also make appearances.
Soundscan Report: Eighteen Visions, Helmet, The Bronx
July 26, 2006
Eighteen Visions' self-titled new album, has sold just over 11,000 copies in its first week of release in the United States to debut at position No. 74 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. Meanwhile, Helmet's latest effort, 'Monochrome', registered a first-week tally of almost 5,500 copies — a step down from the nearly 10,000 units that its predecessor, 'Size Matters', opened with back in October 2004.
The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending July 23, 2006, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all figures are rounded to the nearest thousand. The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable):
Eighteen Visions – 'Eighteen Visions': 11,000 (#74)
Black Stone Cherry – 'Black Stone Cherry': 10,000 (#90)
Alien Ant Farm – 'Up in the Attic': 9,000 (#114)
Helmet – 'Monochrome': 5,000 (#159)
The Bronx – 'The Bronx': 4,000
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YEAR FORMED: 1995
HOME TOWN: Orange County, CA
James Hart (vocals)
Keith Barney (guitar)
Ken Floyd (guitar)
Mick Morris (bass)
Ken Floyd (drums)
Obsession, Desire, Depression: themes that drive a strenuous romantic entanglement forward, fixations that paralyze and motivate with equal measure and three words - or at least the first two - that perfectly sum up the state of Eighteen Visions. This is typically the hyperbole filled part of the bio for a record like "Obsession" where it tries to convince you that it's "the band's most accessible material to date" while "it fails to sacrifice any of the band's signature heaviness." But you know what? Screw that.
Because Eighteen Visions are going for broke. This is the album of their career. A landmark, a turning point, a clearly articulated punch to the face that drives home the point hinted at with 2002's band-in-transition album, "Vanity," which produced the "Headbanger's Ball" staple, "You Broke Like Glass", that Eighteen Visions can become THE heavy rock band of today.
Together with producer Mudrock, whose knob-twiddling muscled-up Godsmack and added a glossy sheen to Avenged Sevenfold, the Orange County Metalcore mob have crafted thirteen bite-sized, hook-laden, fast-moving surefire singles of their most memorable material, each song whizzing by with a chorus that sticks in your head.
On "Obsession," flashes of the Deftones, HIM, Vision of Disorder and Stone Temple Pilots are evident, while Eighteen Visions have completely come into their own at the same time, proving once and for all why they've always been leaders in Southern California and not followers.
"This Time" pours out of the speakers like a fall rain, while "Tower of Snakes" crushes with the type of riffage the band mastered on their ferocious Trustkill debut, "Until the Ink Runs Out," while alternately containing the record's most explosive chorus - "Are you running away from me/ Are you running away from you?" Radiohead would have been proud to have penned the album's closer, "Said and Done," while "Guilty Pleasures" is sure to set radio dials ablaze.
Keith Barney's multi-layered guitars, particularly on tracks like the letter to an absent father called "Crushed" or the late-night meditation of "Pretty Blue," betray the album's outward simplicity. James Hart has become a David Bowie or Scott Weiland for the new millennium, pushing his performance on "Obsession" beyond imaginary boundaries into a classy and tasteful expression of his inner-most fears, desires and all of the insecurity and arrogance that make a frontman truly great. Don't believe us? Listen to "Bleed By Yourself."
Hart's longtime collaborative partner and band cofounder Ken Floyd knows how to temper a ballad like "I Should Tell You" while propelling the album's grooves on songs like "The Long Way Home," which is heavy as hell. Bassist Mick Morris is locked in with Ken throughout, while adding a bottom end to Barney's flourishes that is at once innovative and multi-colored and yet totally nails the songs down.
After years spent pursuing other projects and passions, all of the bands members have put Eighteen Visions first and foremost in their lives, and it shows. This album is all or nothing. They're ready to take on the world. The band opens up with an album length meditation on a relationship full of heartache, despair, desperation and confusion that at the same time has forged a true loyalty and strength through perseverance not unlike the band's long road to "Obsession" itself.
And should you be surprised? Hell no, this is Eighteen Visions we're talking about, the band who brought a flamboyance to the hardcore scene that everyone copied at a time when cargo shorts and jerseys were all the rage. They've changed the scene and now, they've fulfilled their promise by changing themselves. "Obsession" is a force to be reckoned with across all genres, and Eighteen Visions are ready for the big-time, even if the big-time isn't ready for them. Here they come.